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history • 10 days, 9 nights

Guatemala: Ancient Cities to Modern Highlands

history • 10 days, 9 nights

Guatemala: Ancient Cities to Modern Highlands

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $3,630 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Nestled right in the center of the Americas, Guatemala is one of the most diverse countries in the world. The Pacific and Atlantic oceans lap its coasts while a volcanic mountain range is home to seven unique biomes. Guatemala is the home to the largest living Mayan population in the world, still speaking more than 20 ancient Mayan languages and dialects, and maintaining traditions from the pre-Hispanic days. We’ll travel across dramatic landscapes and back in time to gain insight into the complex and ever-evolving fabric of these places, and the ways in which time-honored traditions are being carried forward.

  • Sunrise and sunset walks at the ancient ruins of Tikal
  • Visits to community coffee growers and women-owned co-ops
  • Boat ride across the magnificent Lake Atitlán
  • Volcanic vistas of Antigua


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $610. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable staying on their feet for long stretches at a time and walking up to 3 to 4 miles over the course of a day. You should be comfortable walking on both flat and uneven ground, as well as stairs, dirt roads, and mixed terrain. The itinerary includes optional evening and sunrise hikes in Tikal, which include walking through the jungle. There is also a boat ride on Day 7.

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive in Guatemala City by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 10. If you'd like to spend a few extra nights in the area, we'd be more than happy to recommend places to stay and things to do in the city on your own.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at 3-star boutique hotels.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation throughout the trip, excluding individual arrival and departure airport transfers (Day 1 and Day 10).
  • Internal domestic flights between Guatemala City and Flores Island on Day 3 and Day 6, including group airport transfers.
  • Experienced local guides accompanying you for the duration of the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events mentioned in the itinerary.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Guatemala has to offer.
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • International flights to and from Guatemala City.
  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from Guatemala City on Day 1 and Day 10.
  • Visa and passport fees, if applicable.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Activities and services not mentioned in the itinerary, as well as optional activities.
  • Early check-in or late check-out at hotels.
  • Customary gratuities for guides and drivers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
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Trip FAQ

Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, cooperatives, and local families. The trip’s focus on learning about the complexities of indigenous culture and the ongoing effects of colonization promote greater understanding and the preservation of greatly valued traditions. In addition, our visits to important archaeological sites will help to properly maintain them for future generations.

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Upcoming Departures

  • Dec 11–Dec 20, 2021
    from $3,630
  • Mar 19–Mar 28, 2022
    from $3,630
  • Oct 8–Oct 17, 2022
    from $3,630
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